Creating Futures

Exhibition
Date: 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 to Saturday, February 7, 2015
Creating Futures – Threads of Hope for African Grandmothers” showcases 30 vibrant textile artworks celebrating the hope and extraordinary resolve of African grandmothers as they work to create futures for themselves and the millions of children orphaned by HIV and AIDS.

The “Creating Futures” exhibit is organized by the Omas Siskona of Kitchener-Waterloo who invited textile artists to create artworks interpreting the themes of: “hope rising”, “caring”, “inspiring”, “hand in hand”, “educating”, “sustaining community”, and “we are not alone”.

This exhibition will take place in OMAH's Upper Gallery from January 15 - February 7, 2015.

 

The Stephen Lewis Foundation launched the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in March 2006, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. What began with only a few groups of committed Canadian grandmothers has since evolved into a dynamic and responsive movement, made up of grandmothers and grandothers working to mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.

The Campaign currently boasts more than 240 grandmothers groups across the country. Many of the groups have organized into regional and national networks in order to support each other’s efforts in solidarity with African grandmothers and the children in their care..

Resources from the Grandmothers Campaign go to grassroots organizations that support African grandmothers with food, health care, school fees and school uniforms for their grandchildren, income-generating programmes, counselling, social support, essential shelter, and other necessities. Throughout Africa, grassroots organizations run by and for grandmothers are sharing insights, deepening their expertise, collaborating with other local organizations, and building their capacity to turn the tide of AIDS at community level.